VIU, Saanich Police among local companies named B.C.’s top employers

VIU, Saanich Police among local companies named B.C.'s top employers
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Several Island-based companies have been awarded as B.C.’s top employers for 2022 in an annual list that celebrates organizations that are exceptional places to work.

This is the 17th edition of the list by Mediacorp, co-published by the Vancouver Sun.

BC Ferries, BC Transit, and Victoria Airport Authority were three local transportation companies that were included on the list.

The ferry corporation was included in the training and development programs, retirement planning assistance programs, and vacation and personal day programs.

BC Transit was recognized for the health plan which includes access to mental health programs, retirement planning programs, and training and development.

“We work hard to deliver transportation services you can rely on while also providing employees with an inclusive work environment where they can thrive and grow,” said Erinn Pinkerton, BC Transit President and Chief Executive Officer. “Being recognized with this award for a second straight year is an honour for our dynamic, hard-working and diverse team.”

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Victoria Airport Authority was acknowledged for its parental leave top-up, 15 paid sick days, and support for charitable programs.

“We’re pleased to receive this recognition for a third consecutive year,” said Geoff Dickson, Victoria Airport Authority president and CEO.  “When considering the incredible challenges we’ve faced collectively over the past two years and continue to work through, in what we hope, is the final phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, this recognition is a highly valued achievement.”

Vancouver Island University and the University of Victoria are two Island-based post-secondary schools that made the list.

VIU was recognized for its in-house programming to help employees with their health and well-being, parental leave top-up programs, community engagement, and enhancing access and inclusion.

The list recognized UVic for parental leave top-up, celebrating employees’ exceptional performance, and having a comprehensive health and wellness strategy.

Saanich Police was one of two police agencies nominated to the list. It was recognized for supporting charitable initiatives, parental leave top-up, and providing scholarships to employees’ college-age children.

The other police agency was Delta Police on the mainland.

The Capital Regional District was selected in recognition of its flexible work options, starting vacation of an average of three weeks, and the defined pension plan.

The list judges employers based on eight criteria:

  • physical workplace
  • work atmosphere & social
  • health, financial & family Benefits
  • vacation & time off
  • employee communications
  • performance management
  • training & skills development
  • community involvement

Click here to see the full list of winners.

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